Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool, UK): Liverpool Biennial 2021
- Nicholas Hlobo born 1975
- Rubber inner tubes, steel, hosepipes and ribbon
- Overall display dimensions variable
- Purchased with funds provided by the 2012 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2013
Balindile I is titled in Hlobo’s native language Xhosa, a Nguni language widely spoken in South Africa. Translated as ‘those in waiting’, it refers to the black rubber form that appears to be rising up, in a state of limbo. The rubber is from the inner tube of a car tyre, gathered from repair shops in Johannesburg. The hosepipe appears to be acting as a tether, limiting movement. It could also represent an umbilical cord, signifying growth and possibility.
Gallery label, August 2019
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